Andrea Pirlo, Juventus coach, faces this Wednesday a Juventus-Naples to the limit against his friend and former teammate Gennaro Gattuso. Face to face, two teams that used to compete for the ‘scudetto’ and that are now fighting to enter the next Champions League. One of them, on a roll: Naples, which has 4 victories in a row. Juventus comes from losing against Benevento (0-1) and drawing in the derby against Torino (2-2).
Faced with speculation that he could be dismissed if he loses this afternoon to Gattuso’s Napoli, Pirlo said on Tuesday that he wants to show that he can continue training Juve next season and that he feels “the confidence of my players, they follow me and they first to be sad about this situation ”. Meanwhile, Inter, leaders with 8 points more than Milan and with one game less, want to take another step towards the ‘scudetto’ against Sassuolo.
Juve-Napoli is key for both teams’ options to qualify for the next Champions League. “It is a final, we have the obligation to win to stay close to the first,” said Pirlo, who has two casualties due to the coronavirus: Leonardo Bonucci and Federico Bernardeschi. The club announced that Merih Demiral is cured. Eliminated in the eighth of the Champions League by Porto, in Serie A Juve is 4th, tied on points with Napoli, 5th. This Juve-Naples was postponed in October due to an outbreak of Covid-19 in the ranks of the Neapolitan team.
Meanwhile, a great novelty is the return of Paulo Dybala, injured since January. Pirlo confirmed that he is called up and ready. On his future as a coach, Pirlo said on Tuesday: “It is normal that the results have an influence on the work of the coaches and I must guarantee that I can be the coach of Juventus next year.” And he assured that Andrea Agnelli, president of the Turin club, informed him of his meeting with Massimiliano Allegri. “In football, friendships remain, it is normal,” said Pirlo.
Naples has 4 victories in a row, but everything indicates that Gattuso (who recovers David Ospina and Diego Demme for this Wednesday against Juventus) will not continue at Naples as the season ends.
Antonio Conte, Inter coach, said before taking on Sassuolo on Wednesday in a pending match that “we have to complete our great career.”
Juventus Stadium, 18.45 (#Come)
Juventus: Szczesny; Cuadrado, De Ligt, Chiellini, Danilo; Ramsey, Bentancur, Rabiot, Chiesa; Cristiano Ronaldo y Morata
Coach: Andrea Pirlo
Naples: Ospina; Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Koulibaly, Hysaj; Fabian, Bakayoko; Politano, Zielinski, Insigne; Mertens
Entrenador: Gennaro Gattuso
Referee: Maurizio Mariani